First time in Sardinia and had a great time thanks to one of the most helpful staff i've seen at a hotel in a long time. They managed everything for me from dinner reservations to car rentals to boat excursions to painstakingly providing directions when we were lost.
The hotel is also great. Spend the extra few dollars for a room with a sea view - it's totally worth waking up to it. Would definetly recommend this one.
"Competitively priced hotel in a beautiful setting"
Great first impressions. Attractive lobby. Efficient friendly check in and room transfer.
***Connecting to and staying connected to Wi-Fi was a constant problem even in the lobby ***
Also had problems at Tanit, Casablanca and the Airport so may be a general problem.
We booked the lead in room type - hill view, actually had a partial sea view so were happy!
Room was well presented but small and lacked storage. Requested more hangers which arrived quickly.
No complimentary fruit or drinks or water to welcome us, which is usually offered in a 5* hotel.
Bed was ok but had only one pillow each which were flat and hard, so asked for thicker softer pillows.
The price of 50 Euros each for guests on B&B was reasonable for a delicious 4 course Al a Carte meal which was professionally served. However, the best tables on the terrace are reserved for guests on half board. B&B guests get what's left, inside if its busy.
Breakfast is best early. No Egg Chef, only pre boiled eggs and scrambled eggs.
The Rolex Swan Cup Party, took place near the pool on 13/9/14.
Hotel guests were restricted to a buffet on the night at 70 Euros per head. The selection was disappointing. We were able to watch the event from the upper terrace.
The beach, decks, pools & grounds are lovely. All staff charming and helpful, particularly Donatto & Franco the Concierge who recommended Tanit, Poltu Quatu, - excellent, and arranged a full day boat trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The rooms were spotless and cleaned exceptionally well.
The lifeguard was attentive and ensured that the pool area was well looked after.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful - recommending and booking restaurants locally.
The first week of our stay was fully booked and the experience in the dining area suffered as the service was much poorer than the second half of our stay when the hotel was not fully booked.
At the time we stayed, this was a hotel for people looking for a good hotel without evening entertainment, families et .
Pros: beautiful hotel, big rooms, private terrace, great professional and friendly staff. Great swimming pool and not crowded. Hotel is 2.5km from nearest village and beaches, so it is very quiet.
Cons: reception closes at night and doesn't open till 7am, which was a bit of a problem as we had an early flight. Gym hasn't got many facilities.
Transfer good, only about 35 mins from Olbia (we arranged this through Expedia). Hotel was just as the photos - pretty location, flowers and lovely gardens, overlooking the harbour and lots of boats. We were upgraded to room overlooking the swimming pool, room small but good, clean, with balcony, nice touch having sweets delivered at the end of each day. Plenty of sun loungers but may be a problem in high season? Nice and quiet in June. Breakfast great, every choice available, good service, staff friendly. Mini bus every hour to choice of 2 beaches, we preferred the first one, 5 minutes away. All towels provided, little bar and loo - all good. Enjoyed complimentary body massage and bottle of wine in room to celebrate birthday. Do need to hire a car if wanting more activity and to explore with more choice of restaurants as only a couple of bars/restaurants near hotel and was very quiet.
Traveller from UK
At the northern boundary of the Costa Smeralda development, this Mediterranean-style resort is part of a whitewashed village …More
"Lovely hotel, great location for all ages & needs"
We booked Hotel Vecchia Fonte after reading guests ratings, and then had serious worries that we had got it wrong this time. We worried that Palau was a small town but not a quaint old Sardinian town, by a car park, busy port with ferry boats, but all of our worries were unfounded. Palau is easy to get to from Olbia airport, the hotel very easy to find. The town is a fairly basic small town, but there is some interesting typical Sardinian architecture. Palau is a happy place - there are restaurants, cafes, pizzerias to suit all tastes and budgets - the standard of food excellent. Try a different place most nights, but then find the one that you like best and go back there - the staff will remember you and welcome you as friends. On our second night there was dancing in the square by the hotel and the local people, young and old, all joined in with obviously traditional Sardinian style 'Strictly' dancing. Even the children stayed out with their families until very late. The market is every night, next to the hotel, great for browsing after a delicious meal finished off with a yummy ice cream.The Sardinian people are lovey, warm and welcoming and can't do enough to help you. Most speak a little or a lot of English, but if not,don't worry, hand gestures work just as well!
This wonderfully set hotel hidden in the mountains of north east Sardinia is a great place to stay. but do yourself a favour & go half-board as the chef is excellent. The views from the restaurant are breath taking which makes the excellent food even more enjoyable. The breakfast selection is extensive and what you expect from high class hotels
The outside pool is split in to two with a mini-waterfall connecting them which makes it perfect for kids.
Its the perfect place for a romantic getaway .
You need a car if you stay here as the main beach at Baja Sardinia is 2km away however they do offer a daily transfer to this beach.
Traveller from Bristol UK
Nestled among the granite stones and Mediterranean vegetation, it is a peaceful oasis near the glamorous Porto Cervo and …More
I found Colonna Park a very smart and comfortabkle hotel, with very friendly service. Considering the rather expensive area the price of the excellent evening meal, which i had on my first night was very reasonable.The room was very comfortable with a smallish bathroom but really good power shower! The swimming pool was kept impeccably clean. Only downside is that the hotel is a little remote if like me, you don't have a car. There is very little public transport available which leaves taxis which are quite expensive. I also went on my own in the third week of June which I was told by the staff there is not yet in full season so there was not as much going on as at my hotel in Sicily at the same time last year.
Traveller from SW LONDON
Villa-style hotel set in 20 000 square metres of gardens, 300 metres from Porto Cervo Marina and 800 metres from the …More
Very comfortable room and excellent facilities- pool and private beach etc. We thought the hotel restaurant very over priced for the standard of cooking- Michelin star prices, but not Michelin standard cooking. It is a kilometre or so out of town, so if walking into town, take a torch!
The town attracts the jet set, so prices very expensive compared to other areas of Sardinia
Andrew from West of London
Large complex surrounded by 25,000 square metres of parkland, set facing the Cala Granu Bay, 150 metres from the beach. The …More
Pocket Guide: Costa Smeralda Costa Smeralda Hotels
Playground for the rich, the waters of the Emerald Coast sparkle like the precious jewel, matched only by the diamonds of those who flock here. In the 1960s, the Aga Khan discovered this idyllic 35-mile coastal strip of sandy beaches, studded with 80 bays and idyllic coves, and made it an exclusive private resort. Low-rise buildings blending harmoniously with the landscape and beautiful (free) beaches ensure the coast’s enduring popularity.
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